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Oil spills could be cleaned up by bacteria from underground petroleum reserves

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Feb. 12, 2015)

Bacteria taken from underground petroleum reserves could be used to effectively break down crude oil from spills at sea, new research has found. The study measured the breakdown of crude oil components in simulated seawater by four bacterial strains that had been isolated from petroleum reservoirs, as well as by four genetically modified stains. ...

Revised Standard Safely Expands Limit on Biofuel Contamination in Jet Fuels

by ASTM International  (Feb. 5, 2015)

A new revision to ASTM International’s aviation turbine fuel standard (D1655) safely adapts to the growing global presence of biodiesel in the petroleum industry. D1655 has been used for decades by the aviation community to help ensure quality control and safe distribution of jet fuel. Biodiesel blends ...

City tries to repair contaminated water system after spill

by Associated Press  (Jan. 20, 2015)

Authorities were scrambling to decontaminate a water treatment plant serving 6,000 eastern Montana residents after a cancer-causing component of oil was found downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Up to 50,000 gallons of crude were released in Saturday's spill. As residents of Glendive lined up at a distribution center to ...

EPA, ADEC continue diesel spill cleanup in creek after company fails to complete contamination removal

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Jan. 7, 2015)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation are mobilized to remove 4,400 gallons of low-sulfur diesel from a creek that flows into the Tiekel River after an oil tanker truck slid off the Richardson Highway 48 miles northeast of Valdez, Alaska on Dec. 9 and spilled the fuel it was transporting. The ...

EPA Awards Texas $2.5 million to Reduce Water Contamination Risk in Underground Tanks

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Dec. 10, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently awarded the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality $2,506,000 to prevent and respond to petroleum leaks from in underground storage tanks (UST). Leaks from underground storage tanks allow toxic fumes and vapors to escape and collect in areas such as parking garages or basements where ...

Canadian Claiming Fracking Contaminated Water Can Sue Government, Court Rules

by Bloomberg BNA  (Nov. 19, 2014)

A Canadian woman who claims hydraulic fracturing contaminated her groundwater can sue the Alberta government for allegedly failing to properly investigate her claims and fix any issues, a superior court judge ruled. An Alberta court Nov. 7 ruled that Jessica Ernst—who said she ...

EPA Settlement with the U.S.D.A. Helps Protect Soil and Groundwater from Contamination

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Oct. 2, 2014)

An underground storage tank (UST) at the Lake Moomaw Marina Store in Warm Springs, Va., will now be regularly monitored and inspected under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve alleged violations of UST regulations. The Lake Moomaw Marina Store is owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The required ...

DOE-Sponsored Syngas Cleanup Demonstration Project Reaches Development Milestone

by US Department of Energy  (Feb. 19, 2015)

In a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a demonstration-scale application of RTI International’s warm synthesis gas (syngas) cleanup process technology has achieved a key operational milestone at Tampa Electric Company’s coal gasification plant in Polk County, Fla. The unit has accumulated more than 1,000 hours ...

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

by Associated Press  (Feb. 10, 2015)

California has proposed closing by October up to 140 oil-field wells that state regulators had allowed to inject into federally protected drinking water aquifers, state officials said. The deadline is part of a broad plan the state sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week for bringing state regulation of oil and gas operations back ...

EPA News Advisory: ASIG Sand Island Fuel Spill Response Update 2/6/15

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Feb. 6, 2015)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) continue response operations to recover spilled jet fuel at the Airport Service Group International (ASIG) facility on Sand Island Access Road in Honolulu. EPA is leading the response effort and working with DOH’s Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response ...

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